Children's Literature Review—"This is a science activity book for young researchers (and in some cases their parents). Night is a very basic part of our world, but many of us do not realize how the world's inhabitants act differently in the light and the dark. Set up to follow the senses, kids experiment with seeing in the dark, hearing in the dark, smelling in the dark, and so forth. The activities include practicing seeing in the dark (and learning about cones and rods in your eyes), imitating night sounds of animals, and creating a moth feeding station. As with the other books in this series, the vocabulary words are defined on the page they are used, so no one has to flip to the back of the book. The illustrations are cute, but do not take away from the words, and the science is explained in plain language. Sidebars give a little more depth to the broad pieces of information found in each chapter. Early elementary school kids should use this book as they start playing with science on their own. "
School Library Journal—“Six chapters cover the ‘when’ and ‘why’ of night; seeing, hearing, smelling, and feeling the night; and, finally, night lights. The chapters on the senses are a fine introduction to how human senses work, with experiments that further explore the concepts. It isn’t all serious science as there are plenty of silly jokes, such as, ‘What did the atmosphere say to the Earth? I’ve got you covered!’ and a funny little cartoon owl mascot follows readers through the book . . . Information on what happens at night, nocturnal animal adaptations, and fun facts such as the reason that pirates wear eye patches will keep kids interested. This one will be worth staying up past bedtime for.”
Parents & Teachers (US.Kids Magazine)—“Explore Night Science! is filled with fun, step-by-step activities that explore what happens in plants, animals, the sky, and our own human bodies after the sun goes down. This book is a great introduction to the investigative process, teaching little scientists how to attract night insects, imitate night sounds, build a stardust trap, and more!" Read the complete review online.
Booklistonline.com—“ . . . activities are well-suited to elementary-age scientists and encourage kids to follow through on observing and recording post-experiment. Relevant, informative text precedes the activities, thereby enriching each one. Nighttime is inherently cool to kids, and this book will undoubtedly make it even cooler.” Read the complete review online.
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA Recommends)—“ . . . science content is explained in kid–friendly language that sets the stage for the hands–on activities used to investigate the concepts outdoors.” Read the complete review online.
Bookloons.com—“Designed for children six and older who wish to learn more about what happens outdoors when the sun goes down, this book encourages the safe exploration of the nighttime changes in the plant and animal kingdoms as well as in the sky above and the human body . . . Both teachers and parents will find this a valuable book for creating special projects for their students or children. Follow the step-by-step instructions and there shouldn't be any problems with these activities.” Read complete review online.
Rebecca E. Clark,State Park Naturalist—“A great book for teaching families about the nighttime world! Fun, educational activities reinforce the information in each section. I highly recommend this book to parents and educators of elementary age children.”
Charlene Elyea, Naturalist—“Interesting with many great hands-on activities. Well done!”
Heidi Anderson, Conservation Naturalist—“Explore Night Science! is a wonderful resource for naturalists, teachers, and parents. The night science concepts are simple and easy to understand. The experiments require few materials and reinforce the concepts. I can’t wait to try out some of these experiments on my next night hike!”
Rhana Paris, Naturalist & Nighttime Enthusiast—“Great activities to get kids outside observing the night, whether they live in the country or city or suburbs between!”